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Sunday, July 09, 2006

Boy Listening to iPod Struck by Lightning


Jason Bunch was listening to Metallica on his iPod while mowing the lawn outside his Castle Rock home Sunday afternoon when lightning hit him.

The last thing the 17-year-old remembers was that a storm was coming from the north and he had only about 15 minutes before he should go inside.

Next thing he knew, he was in his bed, bleeding from his ears and vomiting. He was barefoot and had taken off his burned T-shirt and gym shorts. He doesn't know how he got back in the house.

Bunch's ears were burned on the inside, and he's lost some hearing, mostly on the right side. His hair was singed.

His face, chest, hands and right leg have freckle-size welts on them as if buckshot had come from inside his body out.

The wounds follow the line of his iPod, from his ears down his right side to his hip, where he was carrying the device. The iPod has a hole in the back, and the earbuds dissolved into green threads.

Experts claim the ipod wasn't the cause of Bunch being struck;

"There is no scientific evidence to show that lightning is 'attracted' to items like an iPod. However, if someone wearing earbuds is struck, current may travel along the wires into the ears," said Gregory Stewart of the Denver-based Lightning Reference Center. "There are documented cases of lightning traveling through wired telephones and killing the users. "

The only question I have is why was Bunch outside mowing the lawn during a storm in the first place? I think stupidity got him struck by lightning, not his iPod.

Related:
http://www.sltrib.com/utah/ci_4022554
http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/strange/news-article.aspx?storyid=60691
http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/9480106/detail.html

1 Comments:

At 8:07 PM, Mckinnon said...

he was litsening to the album " Ride the Lightning" weird huh-

 

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